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"For the work I have done and cherished, FORTRAN says what should be said just as Shakespeare's English has said what needs to be said for five centuries. Writing algorithms in C++, Java, or Visual Basic has the same appeal as writing sonnets in Esperanto."
Now, that's what I do for a living. I've got nothing but profound respect for Jack Dongarra and all the other developers that have made netlib[^] (BLAS, LAPACK) what it is today, but I think I can reasonably argue that I get a lot more milage out of C++ than I could possibly get out of Fortran. A C++ String class[^] - you'll need to actually download the library, which definitely is a work in progress, to see what I mean - I'll try to make it clearer over the next few months.